Origin of merry-go-round
Words nearby merry-go-round
What is a merry-go-round?
A merry-go-round is an amusement park ride that consists of a revolving, circular platform with wooden horses or other fixtures, as in Sofia and Camila begged their parents to ride the merry-go-round with them.
Merry-go-round can also be used figuratively to refer to a whirl, or a busy round, of activity, as in Sports fans are always delighted by the merry-go-round of the trading season.
Example: I always enjoyed listening to carnival music when I rode the merry-go-round as a kid.
Where does merry-go-round come from?
The first records of merry-go-round come from around 1720. The name most likely comes from the fact that riders “go (a)round” in circles and are hopefully merry while they do so.
Merry-go-rounds are common attractions at amusement parks. The ride is gentle and is usually safe even for younger children. Sometimes, a merry-go-round features hanging rings, often made of brass, that riders can attempt to grab as they rotate around. From this practice we get the phrase brass ring, which means “wealth or success” or “an opportunity to try for a prize.”
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How is merry-go-round used in real life?
The merry-go-round is a common amusement park ride, and the word is commonly used both in the literal and figurative senses.
my sibling isn’t little anymore so i can’t use em as an excuse to ride the merry go round 😡😔
— iliana chavarria ;) (@ilianajazlyn) February 9, 2020
An adult does not feel free to ride a merry-go-round alone, and that is our loss.
— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) July 5, 2010
Life is a ride on a merry-go-round from which we can't get off… let's make it worth the price of the ticket!
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 8, 2013
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Is merry-go-round used correctly in the following sentence?
Alexa was quickly overwhelmed by the chaotic merry-go-round of the Hollywood film world.
How to use merry-go-round in a sentence
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
Everywhere I go, ‘Hey Cartman, you must like Family Guy, right?’
Luckily enough I have this dedicated flat that is just along from my house that I go to every day.
The other songs go in to lesser percentages of “me” as you move along.
At the moment, the only chance I get is when I go do Late Night with Seth Meyers.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Of course, considerations of weight have to be taken into account, but the more mould round the roots the better.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
There were at least a dozen ladies seated round the big table at the Parsonage.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Mr. Jones swung round a large iron key he held in his hand, and light dawned upon him.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Sol got up, slowly; took a backward step into the yard; filled his lungs, opened his mouth, made his eyes round.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden